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Certina - Swiss watch manufacturer

In 1888 Certina is founded in Grenchen by the brothers Adolf and Alfred Kurth and operates first as Kurth Frères SA. In 1906 the two choose for their watches the name "Grana", a shortened form of "Granacus", the Latin name for Grenchen. The first wristwatches appear on the market - mostly for women, since men at that time still refuse wristwatches.

In 1938 the Grana watch factory celebrates the 50th anniversary with its 250 employees. Looking for a new brand name, one chooses "Certina", derived from the Latin "certus" (sure, surely).

In 1959 Hans and Erwin Kurtz by Hans and Erwin Kurtz develop the groundbreaking concept of DS (Double Security), in which the movement is enclosed in a kind of highly stable vault. Watches with self-winding movement at that time usually resist a fall from 1.8 to to 2.2 meters ...

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